Verdi’s La forza del destino gets a new staging and new orchestration from Regents Opera

Regents Opera (formerly Fulham Opera) present La forza del destino
16 February – 5 March 2022 at St John’s Church, Fulham, London


  • Regents Opera (the new name for Fulham Opera) to stage Verdi’s La forza del destino
  • New orchestration for 11 instruments by Ben Woodward
  • New production directed by Rory Fazan
  • Regents Opera are the most ambitious fringe opera company in London, having staged numerous major works including Don Carlo, Falstaff, Die Meistersinger and a complete Ring cycle since their founding in 2011
  • Recent 5star Opera Now review and 4star The Times review for 2021 Die ägyptische Helena

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Opera Holland Park in Summer 2022

Five new productions to celebrate the return of summer

Opera Holland Park’s 2022 new productions of the classic nineteenth-century tragedies Eugene Onegin and Carmen take us from the palaces of St Petersburg to the streets of Seville. The UK premiere of Mark Adamo’s 1998 opera Little Women leads to progressive New England, where Jo March recalls her first love in the shadow of the American Civil War. A double bill of Delius’s Parisian melodrama Margot la Rouge and Puccini’s Gothic fantasy Le Villi contrasts a crime of passion with supernatural punishment, while a co-production of HMS Pinafore with Charles Court Opera proves that no one can mock English mores more successfully than the English themselves. The City of London Sinfonia returns as resident orchestra for all five productions.

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Tamara Rojo’s new Raymonda and English National Ballet leadership news

English National Ballet in 2022

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Further update 22.1.2022

English National Ballet announced three promotions within the Company:

Shiori Kase has been promoted to Lead Principal
Aitor Arrieta and Emma Hawes have been promoted to Principal

Joining the dancers at the end of their respective performances in Raymonda at the London Coliseum, English National Ballet’s Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo CBE, announced the promotions in front of the audience and Company (photos © Ian Gavan).

Shiori Kase joined English National Ballet in 2009 and was promoted to Principal in 2016. She has performed in numerous lead roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Clara/Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Medora in Le Corsaire and the title role in Cinderella. She received critical and audience acclaim for her opening night performance in the title role of Raymonda. She received English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Award in 2011.


Since joining English National Ballet in 2016, Aitor Arrieta has been promoted to Principal and been the joint winner of 2017’s Emerging Dancer Award. He has performed in lead roles including John de Bryan in Raymonda, Albrecht in Akram Khan’s Giselle, Nephew/Prince in Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Des Grieux in Manon and Prince Guillaume in Cinderella.


Emma Hawes has been promoted to Principal. She joined English National Ballet in 2018 and has danced lead roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Clara/Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker and the title roles in ManonCinderella and, most recently, Raymonda.

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Saffron Opera Group presents Così fan tutte at Saffron Hall on 13 February 2022

Established and Rising Stars join forces for Saffron Opera Group’s Concert Performance of Mozart’s Immortal Comedy of Love, Lust And Betrayal Praise for previous Saffron Opera Group performances ‘Glorious… compelling’ – The Arts Desk ‘Spellbinding… the whole performance seemed to transcend itself’ – The Guardian After a series of critically acclaimed triumphs presenting the operas … Read more

Contributors look back on events Seen and Heard in 2021

Reflecting on the past year – and perhaps with their hopes for the future – are … MARK BERRY: It has, for reasons all too obvious, been another strange musical year. Whereas in 2020 we had just over two months of ‘normality’, an apparently auspicious beginning to Beethoven Year, followed by the Great Deafness, intermittently … Read more